Sports and Recreation
Alberta has a long history in sports
and recreation. The province has provided the
opportunities for early sports enthusiasts to establish
hockey and football teams.
The province's hockey team, the
Edmonton Mercurys, represented Canada and won the 1950
World Championship and won the 1952 Olympic gold medal.
This long history of success in hockey brought about the
strong national standing of the Edmonton Oilers and the
Calgary Flames in the last 20 years.
In the 1900s Alberta had a vibrant
football league named the Alberta Rugby Football League
that was the basis for later teams in the province.
The Western Canada Rugby Football Union came into being in
1911. Since then, there has been a nearly continuous line of
football teams in Alberta to the present day, with the Calgary Stampeders and the Edmonton Eskimos playing a dominant
role in the Canadian Football League.
The strength of Alberta in sports can
been seen in its Olympians, who include Willie deWitt, Karen Percy-Lowe,
Kurt Browning, Karen Lee-Gartner, Lori-Ann Muenzer,
Beckie Scott, Jamie Salé and David Pelletier, Deidra
Dionne, and Catriona LeMay Doan.